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Currently accepted at: JMIR Mental Health

Date Submitted: Jan 24, 2018
Open Peer Review Period: Jan 25, 2018 - Mar 30, 2018
Date Accepted: Mar 30, 2018
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This paper has been accepted and is currently in production.

It will appear shortly on 10.2196/mental.9934

The final accepted version (not copyedited yet) is in this tab.

The final, peer-reviewed published version of this preprint can be found here:

Recovery After Psychosis: Qualitative Study of Service User Experiences of Lived Experience Videos on a Recovery-Oriented Website

Williams A, Fossey E, Farhall J, Foley F, Thomas N

Recovery After Psychosis: Qualitative Study of Service User Experiences of Lived Experience Videos on a Recovery-Oriented Website

JMIR Ment Health 2018;5(2):e37

DOI: 10.2196/mental.9934

PMID: 29739737

PMCID: 5964305

Recovery After Psychosis: Qualitative Study of Service User Experiences of Lived Experience Videos on a Recovery-Oriented Website

  • Anne Williams; 
  • Ellie Fossey; 
  • John Farhall; 
  • Fiona Foley; 
  • Neil Thomas

ABSTRACT

Background:

Digital interventions offer an innovative way to make the experiences of people living with mental illness available to others. As part of the Self-Management And Recovery Technology (SMART) research program on the use of digital resources in mental health services, an interactive website was developed including videos of people with lived experience of mental illness discussing their recovery. These peer videos were designed to be watched on a tablet device with a mental health worker, or independently.

Objective:

Our aim was to explore how service users experienced viewing the lived experience videos on this interactive website, as well as its influence on their recovery journey.

Methods:

In total, 36 service users with experience of using the website participated in individual semistructured qualitative interviews. All participants had experience of psychosis. Data analysis occurred alongside data collection, following principles of constructivist grounded theory methodology.

Results:

According to participants, engaging with lived experience videos was a pivotal experience of using the website. Participants engaged with peers through choosing and watching the videos and reflecting on their own experience in discussions that opened up with a mental health worker. Benefits of seeing others talking about their experience included “being inspired,” “knowing I’m not alone,” and “believing recovery is possible.” Experiences of watching the videos were influenced by the participants’ intrapersonal context, particularly their ways of coping with life and use of technology. The interpersonal context of watching the videos with a worker, who guided website use and facilitated reflection, enriched the experience.

Conclusions:

Engaging with lived experience videos was powerful for participants, contributing to their feeling connected and hopeful. Making websites with lived experience video content available to service users and mental health workers demonstrates strong potential to support service users’ recovery.


 Citation

Please cite as:

Williams A, Fossey E, Farhall J, Foley F, Thomas N

Recovery After Psychosis: Qualitative Study of Service User Experiences of Lived Experience Videos on a Recovery-Oriented Website

JMIR Mental Health. (forthcoming/in press)

DOI: 10.2196/mental.9934

URL: https://preprints.jmir.org/preprint/9934

PMID: 29739737

PMCID: 5964305

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